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The Tennant and District Times Fri 10 Feb 2017



The Tennant and District Times Fri 10 Feb 2017


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Jasmin Afianos

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Page 7 of 12Tennant and District Times, 2017-0210 TDT 3/03/2017http://www.tdtimes.com.au/global/print.asp?path=/djvu/2f345992-f34c-48a9-b361-aca... news Bootu Creek mine reopens BOOTU Creek has reopened and production is set to start soon. The manganese mine, 100 kilometres north of Tennant Creek , went into administraiion ove r a year ago after the ore price plummeted. Around 140 workers were laid off and operations were suspended in December 2015 but by mid year 20 16, sales of around 185 .000 tonnes of stockpiled ore returned enough revenue to pay redundant workers about $4 .5 million in entitlements. Contrac to rs received partial debt payouts . In December, the company's wholly owned subs idiary, OM Manganese, received approvals to res tart the mine. While produc tion has not yet sianed, three mining crews have been hired to prepare for the commencement of mining activity within the co ming weeks . The NT De partment of Resources approved a new mining management plan after officers inspected the mine s ite in December and were sat'isficd the company had dealt with environmental In 2012, OM Manganese became the fi rst company 10 be successfully prosecuted under Australian law for desecrating a sac red si te. In 01her Boo1u Creek news, this week a plane became bogged on the Bootu Creek airstrip following muddy conditions caused by heavy rains. Specialist equipment had to be transported 10 the s i1e 10 free 1he plane. opinion Targeted economic stimulus for Territorians AFTER four years of the CLP the NT economy is slowing with businesses hurting. Territory Labor 's jobs agenda reflects a sensible community-engaged strategy with economic summits guiding a long1enn infrastructure investment plan. Howeve r Labor must also act with urgency e mbarki ng o n a significant capital works program that will invest in , support and stimulate small business. The Territory Labor Government an nounced it has listened to local comractors and small bus inesses and acted by introducing an improved Home Improvement Scheme (HIS). The bigger and better HIS will comple ment Government 's $22 million Immediate Works Stimulus Package currently being rolled out. Key features of the bigger and better Home Improvement Scheme arc: Territorians who HAVE al ready re ceived a $2 ,000 voucher can access it again. Territorians who HAVE NOT previously accessed a $2000 vo ucher can now access a one-off $4 ,OCMJ voucher. Up to 50 per cent of the voucher can be used towards the cost of goods and mate rials, which refl ects the nature of home renovation. Subcontracting is now allowed under the scheme. meaning tmdics can now get help from tradies with o ther skills a lso registered as pan of the scheme. Applica tions can be made until 3 1 December 2017 unless the $ 15 million fu nding is exhausted. Businesses can register now. Home owner 's applications commence from 20 February 2017. In add ition to the HIS the Territory Labor Government has also begun roll ing out its $22 million Immediate Works Stimulus Package which will be fully a llocated o ver 1he nex1 four months. Also previously announced the Labor Government has fast-tracked $ 120 million worth ofinfras1ruc turc spending into the second half of2017 and introduced a 30 per cent buy-local program. The Chief Ministe r listened to indus1ry feedback making the decis ion 10 not only extend the Home Improvement Scheme, but to s ig nificantly boost it complementing a raft of prog rams 10 suppon bus iness. For information on the bigger and better Home Improvement Scheme visit www. homeimprovement.nt.gov.au For information o n 1he Immed ia te Works St imulus Package visi l www.immcdiatework.nt.gov.au Barkly Electorate public ho us ing construction and refurbi shment is bo1h at tender and underway inc luding upgrades of 2 1 remote community housing dwellings at Ali Curung under the National Partnership for Remote Australia. A tender for the co nstruct ion of 12 new houses at Wutunugurra (Epenarra) and demolition and construction of 2 x 3 bedroom d well ings ( 18 Standley St and 19 Scheelite St) and construc tion of I x 3 bedroom dwell ing ( 12 Bom ite St) in Tennant Creek represents additional regional economic s1imulus. Housing and cons truction underpins Labor 's economic policy and s lrong voice in Government for the Barkly! BA RKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE: Phone 8962 4641 . Email: eleclorate.barkly@nt.gov.au Phillips Earthmoving CONTRACTORS PTY LTD ABN 30 104 251 738 Plant & Equipment Hire For enquir ies please call: J im Phillips - 0417 834 574 Allan Hull - (08) 8962 2056 Office - (08) 8962 1039 Economic Summits I What do you want the Territory's future to look like? Have your say on the Territory's economic future economicsummit.nt.gov.au What jobs do you want created? Where do you see our future industries and areas for investment? The Northern Territory Government is partnering with Territorians to develop an economic framework that w ill shape the Territory's future. Have your say by attending a public forum or providing feedback and input on line. For more information visit economicsummit.nt.gov.au Deloitte NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT TENNANT AND DISTRICTTIMES FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2017 7

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